Wednesday, January 21, 2015

MAKE EFFORTS TO PRESERVE BALANGIR ARTS, CULTURE’ Wednesday, 21 January 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

‘MAKE EFFORTS TO PRESERVE BALANGIR ARTS, CULTURE’
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

All-out efforts should be made to preserve the arts and culture in our area so that they would not be lost in oblivion. And the Balangir Lok Utsav is providing a platform to local dance and drama artists to display their talents. This was observed by speakers on the first day of the annual festival here on Sunday. Minister of Housing and Urban Development Pushpendra Singh Deo appreciated the efforts of the organisers of such a cultural programme and hoped that the festival would go a long way in promoting the rich arts and culture of the area.
Rajya Sabha member AU Singh Deo informed that a walkway project for the Kosal Kalamandal has been sanctioned. Moreover, for beautification of Balangir town, a city forest plan is on the anvil. The Forest Department would give land for the proposed city forest, where there would be facility for people to relax in natural surroundings. “I am ready to support any party, be it Congress, BJP and any other, if they work for development of Balangir, said Singh Deo.
Film director Sabyasachi Mahaptra, addressing the gathering, said late Balangir Maharaja and Chief Minister Rajedra Narayan Singh Deo was a Chhou dancer, played football with people, established the printing press, x-ray machine and drafted the constitution of the Kosal Kalamandal for development of arts and culture.
Among others, Patnagarh MLA KV Singh Deo, district Collector M Muthukumar and SP Dr Deepak Kumar and Zilla Parishad President Bijay Pradhani spoke on the occasion. A souvenir of the festival was released and artist of film Sala Budha  Atal Panda and others were felicitated. Dhamesa dance, Jodi Shankha and many other cultural shows were displayed on the first day.

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